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Warren Zevon's fight against cancer has been well documented in the media, as a has his extraordinary decision to use his time to write and record a new album. The result of that work, THE WIND, will be hailed as a masterpiece. An extraordinary number of Zevon's friends contributed their world to THE WIND - they include Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, Ry Coolder, T-Bone Burnett, Tommy Shaw, David Lindley and John Waite.
The Wind probes a wealth of moods and emotions that find Zevon more an excitable boy than the poor-poor-pitiful-me type. -- USA Today, August 28, 2003
Zevon at his best - an irreverent artistic achievement that stands as a triumph of his will to live. -- New York Post, August 26, 2003
Zevon's a lucky man in the sense that brilliant songwriters are granted a form of immortality denied everyone else. -- Rolling Stone, September 18, 2003
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.44 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Artemis Records
- Original Release Date : 2003
- Date First Available : October 21, 2006
- Label : Artemis Records
- ASIN : B0000AGWIK
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,258 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The thing that took away from the overall experience, though, was the "Auto Rip" feature from Amazon. When I bought it, I thought, "Wow! That's great! That will save me from having to rip it myself." Not so much. When I got the notice the tracks were available, it turned out that it was just that - the tracks. And it was made for streaming. I don't stream my music. I rip the CD to my hard drive and back it up to an external hard drive.
Then I copy it to a stick or micro SD for my vehicles or MP3 player. When I went to download the music to my hard drive, I discovered I had to download each track individually and, when I did, it came down only with the track name - no artist, no album title, no genre. So I'll end up ripping the CD, like usual, and let Grace Notes do its thing. All in all, it's no fault of the music or the artist. But it was a benefit posted by Amazon that did not live up to the promise and took away from the overall purchase experience. Amazon could take a lesson from Grace Notes.
From the heartfelt "She's Too Good For Me" to his cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" this album is fitting tribute to the life and times of a man who "Lived like Jim Morrison and managed to survive thirty years longer." Featuring performances by long time friends and allies like Jackson Browne and the Eagles, this is an astounding piece of work.
A more perfect track as the swan song to a life well lived with the full knowledge of the eventuality of death you will not find than "Keep Me in Your Heart for a While."
The Wind has some less strong moments, I would not say weak, not a all; and in light of the conditions under which it was recorded, the artist fighting tooth and nail to complete the work til the end, this is a strong and fitting tribute to a rock & roll life.